Schoolteacher Almost Fired Because of Missing Cap

Boy’s missing cap nearly left his teacher unemployed from the rural schoolhouse.

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In 1929 I was teaching country school and this may be of interest to you. One day it turned really cold and Kenneth, a first grader, could not find his cap when it was time to go home so I had all of the school children looking in the outhouses, etc., and none of us could find his cap. So I put my scarf on him and when he got home his mother came right up and really gave me a #1 scolding for not finding his cap and was going to have me fired right away. She went to the director and soon as she did, he came and told me not to let it bother me and not to worry.

Well, guess what? The next day here came Kenneth to school with his cap on and I asked where did he find his cap. He said, "In my boot!" You see he was from poor people and had to wear boots, etc. of his brothers. No, the mother never did come and apologize.

Alice Jenkins
Lamoni, Iowa


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